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RBS is now offering a varied series of free digital programs centered on bibliography and the history of the book. These programs will focus on the study of textual artifacts and their crucial role in shaping understandings of cultural heritage and informing humanistic research. The offerings include five series: a Course-Related Content Series offered by RBS faculty members that will be available to students who were enrolled at RBS this summer in some cases and, in others, open to wider audiences; a Panel Discussion Series, featuring RBS faculty members and colleagues from the broader book community; a Young Book Lovers Series, designed to engage K-12 audiences as well as others new to the book; a Lecture Series, building off of RBS’s traditional programming; and a BiblioVideo Series, highlighting pedagogy and research with textual artifacts.

This content, while not a substitute for Rare Book School’s full courses, will provide an opportunity to gather and pursue our shared love of learning what bibliographical materials reveal about human history and human nature, how to care for these remarkable objects, and how to share what we know with the wider world.

Check back often: new content will be announced on this website on a rolling basis. Use the tabs below to find more details.

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  • Course-Related Content Series

  • Panel Discussion Series

    • Open to everyone, these panel discussions will address a variety of topics related to textual artifacts, the bibliophilic community, and questions related to the current struggles faced by all during the pandemic.

      The panel discussions will be held synchronously on Zoom with a concluding Q&A portion. Many of the discussions will be available afterward as a recording on our YouTube channel, which can be found here.

      Click on the titles below to find more information.

      Gains & Losses: COVID-19, Institutional Collecting, and the Antiquarian Book Trade

      Tuesday, May 19, 4–5:15pm EST, via Zoom


  • Lecture Series

    • The RBS Lecture Series is a long-standing tradition. Please join us on Zoom to hear from our latest lecturers and participate in the concluding Q&A session. These lectures will be added to our digitized library of lectures for future instruction and enjoyment as well.

      More details will be shared in early June.

  • Young Book Lovers Series

    • Coming soon!

      This series, featuring a variety of book related activities, including how-to videos you can do in your own home, read along(s) with our Rare Book School staff, and coloring pages based on our collections, is intended for children and adults alike who love books and book history.

  • BiblioVideo Series

    • This series of pre-recorded content features videos focused on pedagogy and research produced by RBS Fellows, staff, and members of the RBS community.

      Check back for more information!

  • Previously Recorded Content

    • In addition to our new RBS Online series’ content, you can find more resources on our YouTube channel and Soundcloud page.

      A Curator’s Look at Indigenous Mapping in the Early Americas (1500–1575) 27 May 2020

      Gains & Losses: COVID-19, Institutional Collecting, and the Antiquarian Book Trade 19 May 2020

      Find years’ worth of Rare Book School lectures, like this one by Tim Barrett, at our Soundcloud page!